Access to TSP


Q. I will be 56 when I retire with 37 years [of service]. Will I be penalized if I start taking my TSP at 56 or do I need to wait to 59 1/2 to avoid the penalty? 

A. If you retire during or after the calendar year when you reach age 55, you will have access to your TSP account after you retire without penalty.


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